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A diffraction-based overlay model based on FDTD method
Author(s): Buqing Xu; Ling Ma; Xiongfeng Zou; Lisong Dong; Yayi Wei
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Paper Abstract

As well known that, the critical dimension continues to shrink and the overlay control appears to become much more challenging than before. In such situation, we are seeking for solutions to minimize the impact of measurement shift in overlay detection induced by process variations. When the accuracy of overlay measurement improved, corrections can be performed effectively according to the feedbacks from metrology results. We build a physical model for simulating overlay metrology employing diffraction based overlay (DBO) principles, which can help to conduct researches on DBO metrology in advanced semiconductor nodes.

In this paper, we present a physical model of the DBO metrology which based on the Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) method. The basis and principles of model establishment was discussed. After adjusting the model parameters compatible with the actual measurement conditions, the metrology wavelengths which provide the best accuracy and robustness of DBO measurement can be selected through simulations. The results of our study will be demonstrated in this publication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2019
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10959, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXXIII, 109592X (26 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2514654
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Buqing Xu, Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Ling Ma, Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Xiongfeng Zou, Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Lisong Dong, Institute of Microelectronics (China)
Yayi Wei, Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Institute of Microelectronics (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10959:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXXIII
Vladimir A. Ukraintsev; Ofer Adan, Editor(s)

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